Anti-war activists who visited Iraq before the US invasion have discovered that they could face up to 12 years in prison and $1m in fines.
The key word here is could. They will probably end up with a less severe sentence.
Civil disobedience has been a powerful tool for protest for centuries, going back to Ancient Greece. It has been used brilliantly by some of our great leaders, including Martin Luther King. Dr. King not only broke the laws he saw as unjust, he served out his sentences as well. He believed in his cause enough to risk the consequences.
I may not agree with the actions of those mentioned in this article, but I have respect for them and admire their commitment to their cause. But for their commitment to mean anything, they must, like Dr. King, be willing to accept any punishment.